26 June 2017

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan celebrated its entry into Test cricket on Thursday, saying it was a dream came true for the country which has suffered from years of violence and conflict.
The International Cricket Council voted in London to make Afghanistan, along with Ireland, full members of the organization, allowing those countries to become part of the elite 12 nations who play Test matches.
“I can’t express right now how excited I am,” said Shir Agha Hamkar, Afghanistan cricket’s team manager.
“It was a big dream of the cricket board, our team and every Afghan. Afghanistan has made tremendous progress, in the last few years. We have been playing very good cricket, beating full members like Zimbabwe,” he said at a celebration where a special cake was shared to mark the occasion.
“Thanks to all the players as well. They have shown their talent to the world and shown that yes, we deserve to be a full member nation,” he said.
Afghanistan are likely to play their first Test match in 2018 and are expected to continue to play home games in the Indian city of Noida due to security concerns.
“Today is a historic day for the Afghan people because in such a political situation of Afghanistan, Afghan cricket has obtained full membership status. Today is a historic day for Afghanistan, every Afghan is happy,” said Dost Mohammad Nazari, deputy head of the Afghanistan Cricket Board.
Cricket has undergone a boom in recent years in Afghanistan with the rise of Twenty20 cricket, its big-hitting and constant action generating huge interest among fans. A new generation of supporters has avidly followed the team’s growing success.
“This is a huge thing for the whole nation. We’re all proud of this cricket team and cricket board,” said journalist Rahim Gul Sarwan.
“We’re so happy and I hope that in the next five or three years, Afghanistan will be in a position to beat big teams in the cricket world.”
Announcing the decision on Thursday night, David Richardson, the ICC Chief Executive said: “I’d like to congratulate Afghanistan and Ireland on their Full Membership status which is the result of their dedication to improving performance both off and on the field resulting in the significant development and growth of cricket in their respective countries.
“Both have clearly demonstrated they meet the new criteria and as such have made the progression to Full Membership,” he said.
As a Full Member, Afghanistan will now be able to play Test cricket, which is considered the pinnacle, or the highest standard, in this sporting code. Also, all Full Member nations are automatically qualified to play ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals.
Test cricket is the longest form of cricket and is considered its highest standard and matches are played only between national teams that enjoy this status.
After Thursday’s board meeting, the total number of countries to have Test status rose from 10 to 12 – Afghanistan and Ireland being the two new nations. The last nation to gain Full Membership was Bangladesh, 17 years ago.
A Test match sees two national teams of 11 players play a four-innings match, which may last up to five days (or longer in some historical cases).
It is generally considered the most complete examination of a team’s playing ability and endurance and the name Test stems from the long, grueling match being a “test” of the relative strengths of the two sides.
The ICC currently has 105 members and membership is a hierarchy system. There are three categories of membership: Full Members, Associate Members, and Affiliate Members.
In the highest category, there are 12 Full Members; the 2nd category has 37 Associate Members and lowest category has 56 Affiliate Members.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board was formed in 1995 and became an Affiliate Member of the ICC in 2001 and was awarded Associate Member status in 2013.
For Afghanistan, their rise in cricket has been phenomenal and Thursday’s decision by the ICC was the culmination of years of hard work and dedication by the cricket sector in the country, including the players.
As ESPN stated, since 2005, both countries have demonstrated their readiness for five-day cricket through their dominance in the Intercontinental Cup, the ICC’s first-class competition for Associates.
Afghanistan and Ireland currently sit in the top-two spots in the current edition of the competition, and Afghanistan holds a one-point lead after securing an innings victory at Greater Noida over Ireland earlier this year.
But these two teams will now be leaving the Intercontinental Cup behind at the end of the year, and start playing Test cricket with the world’s top teams.
No Test matches have as yet been scheduled for the two newcomers but it is widely speculated that Afghanistan and Ireland will meet each other next year in their maiden Test matches.
The Full List Of Test Nations Are As Follows:
Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, West Indies, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, England and Ireland.
The Kabul Times
 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) As one of the mountainous and green provinces, Dykondi is a suitable touristic place as it has over 57 historical monuments which are the manifestation of our ancestor’s art and civilization enthusiasm.
The head of Dykondi provincial department of Information and Culture Mohammad Hussein Seerat said, Historical monuments are heritage of our great ancestors and it is responsibility of our today’s and future generation to safeguard them, prevent their destruction.
He added, as one of the central provinces, nine years ago, Dykondi was a district in Uruzgan province but it was promoted to an independent province with nine administrative units including Khadir, Shahristan, Mirmor, Ushtoli, Sang-e- Takh to Bander, Hakitie, Gojran and Gezab districts, in which ethnic Hazara, Pashtoon and Balooch are living in a peaceful atmosphere in over 28000 villages. All the above historical monuments are scattered in districts.
He went on to say, a number of these sites are not posed with danger while another numbers are posed to destruction and require serious attention of rehabilitation. These sites have background of many centuries. Early 1392 H.S, tens pieces of coins of Islamic era were discovered and unearthed in Sheikhali era of Sang-e- Takht district during a road construction activity including 200 coins, 3 silver rings, 2 gold earrings, three coral beads which were buried under the ground inside a jug at a total weight of 0.660 kg. In one of these coins the word of “there is no Allah but the only Allah” had been engraved. At present Dykondi province lacks a museum while it is essential to accommodate discovered relics in it that would display the historical identity of its people.
Touching the survey of some ancient sites, he said since 1390, the provincial department of information and culture has surveyed 42 sites out of which 15 monuments have been registered, signs have been installed for 5 sites, 11 sites have been destroyed and nine sites are posed to destruction while no site is under the occupation of armed opponents. All these 42 sites located in five districts.
Our department prepared and sent a recommendation on visit, re-surveying and collecting of verbal and written information for writing of a book on these historical monuments to the MoIC.
Karima Malikzada
 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in a meeting of the high council of law governance, after hearing the related organs’ officials’ reports about their activities said the biggest legacy of the national unity government was reforms in the justice and judicial system, his office said in a statement the other day.
“We have launched successful campaign against corruption and would follow our joint goal until the year 1400 (solar year) for a need felt in the justice and judicial system, as the people want fundamental reforms,” said the president noting that the budget related to the justice and judicial organs would be investigated midyear and the ministry of finance had been directed to include the urgent needs.
Asking the justice and judicial organs for reviewing their establishments, the president said the whole laws would be categorized to make clear that which law needed legislative order.
According to him, as the current human resource can’t implement their plans laws, they should be reviewed. “Quality should be more preferred than quantity and in order to have an effective justice and judicial system, there is a need for launching a prolific retirement.”
The president said the international technical cooperation was not tantamount to the need of the justice and judicial organs and that he wanted the aids to be a mean for effectiveness of the organ.
Emphasizing on the women participation in the justice and judicial organs, the president noted that professional participation of women in these organs was a need and that the organs engaged in fight against corruption and busy in implementation of the law, should have coordination and share information with each other.
He directed the security officials to provide their specific plan on how to ensure security of the justice.
“We had not interfered in the judicial affairs and have never faced the country’s justice and judicial to crisis. Our role was to completely support the country’s justice and judicial system,” said the president.
Corrupt attorney officials should be reappointed in the organs and those with work for the government organizations not ready for inquiry should be suspended during questioning.
He asked the attorney General Office for introducing the eligible officials to be commended.
 

Saturday, 24 June 2017 05:51

Azhar Khan’s Death A Loss, MoIC

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) in a statement expressed deep sadness over the death of Ezhar Khan, photographer of a private TV in the Wednesday’s terrorist attack took place in Lashkargah, the provincial capital of southern Helmand province.
In the terrorist attack happened in one of the Kabul Bank provincial agency in Lashkargah city, as many as 34 people, including Ezhar Khan, a private TV photographer, have been killed and tens of others injured.  Ezhar Khan, the photographer was also a student of a higher education who successfully performed his responsibility to inform the people through his photography from different events.
The Ministry of Information and Culture condemns in the strongest possible the recent terrorist attack and called it an inhuman and non-Islamic act and wishes haven for the victims a great patience for his bereaved family.
 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Afghan government officials said that the removal of barricades from across the Kabul roads has been started based on a decree by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
The Kabul mayor, Kabul Garrison chief, and Kabul police chief informed regarding the launch of the campaign during a press conference in Kabul on Thursday.
Abdullah Habibzai, the Kabul mayor, said the removal of barricades and blockades from all the governmental and non-governmental organizations started on Friday as per the instructions of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the roads would be reopened until the Eid.
He urged the related organizations to assist with the security forces and the Kabul Municipality in the implementation of the work and removal of barricades.
The Kabul Garrison chief said the security forces were obliged to assist with the Kabul Municipality in the execution of the work, urging all the organizations and the people to assist the government in this regard. In his turn, the Kabul police chief said the removal barricades and blockades from the roads was one of the main demands of the Kabul residents and the government and security institutions were committed to implement the work.
A representative of the Attorney General’s office also said the Attorney General stands by the security team and the Kabul Municipality to carry out the work.
 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Independent Election Commission (IEC) has announced 7 July next year the election date for parliamentary and district council elections, the office said in a statement on Thursday.
Chairman of the IEC, Najibullah Ahmadzai said that work was underway to hold a free and fair process for the elections of both parliamentary and district level councils, however he said there were many problem because of persistent war in the country, but it had learned much from the past process.
“In the restive areas of the country, there was need for the government strong focus to hold the process successfully,” said Ahmadzai asking the people for cooperation with the IEC go ahead with the process including the voter registration program.
The IEC Chairman assured of doing his best to negate any interference in the process, said the statement.
In the meantime, Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah welcomed the IEC for announcing the date of the parliamentary and districts councils’ elections and called it one of the government of national unity’s commitments and a principle of democracy to hold a free and fair election.
He said the government of Afghanistan was committed to provide any facilities and equipment for the IEC to hold an election based on the people’s votes, the statement said.
 

Saturday, 24 June 2017 05:40

Daesh Leader Killed In Jawzjan

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Sheberghan (BNA) A Daesh key commander Mofti Nemat was killed with his two colleagues in an attack of security forces in Darzab District, Jawzjan province.
The insurgents were involved in last insecurity in Darzab District and extending of Daesh group activity in the mentioned District.
A special operation was launched yesterday with participation of dozens of police forces for annihilating of Daesh fighters in the district.
Ahmad Jaweed Salim spokesman for commando forces told BNA, with killing of Mofti Nemat, the way has opened for annihilating of Daesh fighters in the district.
Yarzada
 

Wednesday June 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan national taekwondo team aiming to participate in World Taekwondo Championship went to South Korea.
According to BNA report, Rohullah Nekpa the top player in taekwondo field and Samya Ghulami are among the six participates from Afghanistan.
Abdul Sabour Omari has selected as coach of Afghanistan national taekwondo team and accompanying the players in this competitions.
In this round of tournaments 973 taekwondo players to be participated from 183 countries in the World championship.
The matches will be started at 24 June, 2017 and to be continued for eight days.
It is the 7th rounds of World Taekwondo Championship, which to be held in South Korea.
The 6th rounds of Taekwondo World Championship was held in Denmark at 2009 with participation of 928 taekwondo players from 142 countries.
T/M.A.Ansari 
 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 08:01

Saudis’ Distrust On Pakistan

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Saudi Arabia monarch asks Pakistan to clear its stance in dispute of Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia considered as a close ally and supporter of Pakistan in regional disputes.
The Two countries which one of them enjoys huge financial resources and the other having strong military power, for years have used the capabilities of each other’s.
From the establishment of so called Taliban to dealing Iran, from Yemeni dispute to dissemination of extremism in different countries across the world, and funding religious seminaries and using Taliban as a means for achieving certain goal were programs that Pakistan and Saudi Arabia jointly carrying out. However, the recent tensions between Yemen and a number of Arabic countries including Saudi Arabia have left Pakistan in a most complicated situation, because that country as has close relation with Saudi Arabia also uses the generosities of Qataris. Now it cannot judge between the two friends.
However, Saudi Arabia insists that Pakistan has to clear it stance regarding to the issue.
Pakistan has tried to play a mediator role between Arabic countries, but it is not acceptable for Saudis. Therefore, Saudi Arabia is increasing its pressure on Pakistan to adopt a pro Saudi Arabia on the dispute. As Newsweek in one of its last issues writes, Islamabad so far has tried to remain impartial in the issue but Saudi Arabia does not consider such an act acceptable and wants Pakistan to back Saudi Arabia on the issue.
As a newspaper that is a branch of New York times daily in Pakistan, on June 14 quoting a high ranking diplomat wrote that Malik  Suliman the king of Saudi Arabia personally has explicitly asked Nawaz Sharif   Pakistani prime minister wither you are with us or with Qatar?
Political experts in Pakistan believe that Pakistan presently is in difficult situation. It should choose one of the two allies and would a hard task for Pakistan to make a decision in that regard because if the country supports one of the countries the other will  uncover the secrets regarding Pakistan that suffer the country a lot.
The countries that were earlier the strategic allies of Pakistan have lost confidence to Pakistan. As United State of America once a great military supporter of Pakistan, now assesses the ways of punishing Pakistan. India, Afghanistan, and Iran the neighbors of Pakistan have no trust to Pakistan at all. Now Saudi Arabia not only a strategic ally of Pakistan but the partner in its terrorist and extremist activities in the region, asks Pakistani prime minister to clear his stance regarding to the relevant issue.
Pakistani political experts say making decision in that regard would be very difficult for Pakistani authorities, because it says no to Saudi Arabia, will face in  to bad reaction of other powerful Arabic countries like Egypt, United Arabic Emirates. Most of Arabic countries accuse Qatar for supporting terrorism.
The new developments in relations of Pakistan with Arabic countries have left Pakistan in a very difficult situation. The time will show, whether Pakistan have the diplomatic bravery to announce clearly its stance regarding to issue or not. However, the last experiences show that as its old diplomacy , flattering constitute its main point will apply that diplomacy once again, in hope to find a way in to political and intelligence service big games among other countries, but in vain.    
 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) We are on the threshold of celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr. Kabul markets are full of the people buying dried fruits, clothes and other necessary things for Eid. But, they are shocked when asking for the price of clothes, dried fruits and other things as the prices of all things have hiked recently and this has caused that many families in Kabul face with further problems.
Fareshta Tamana, a university student, said “During the last days of the holy month of Ramadan, the people of Afghanistan are starting to take preparations for Eid days. Families usually prepare gifts as Eidi for fiancée of their son and this is considered as old tradition of the people of Afghanistan”.
Answering a question, Tamana said, “As you know that buying and preparing gift (Eidi) is one of Afghanistan traditions, we are also to buy and prepare the gift for our son’s fiancée. As you see the prices are very high and buying a set of dress is very expensive and most families cannot afford to buy such gifts”.
Sima, a woman who is preparing for Eid days said, “On the threshold of Eid, most of families start cleaning their homes. I have started cleaning my home too. We do clean, wash clothes, rugs and carpets and paint all rooms of our home and this is the old tradition of the Kabul people”.
“Most of families are very interested in buying new furniture, carpets and rugs for their homes. If a family cannot afford to buy, they clean and wash their old carpets and furniture and make use of them during the Eid days and celebrate the days with full happiness”, Sima added.
Abdullah, who has done some shopping for Eid says before Eid the people usually go shopping and buy all necessary foodstuffs, but unfortunately the prices are so high now a days. He added that the prices of dried fruits have increased by 50% comparing to last year, but the prices of cookies, chocolates and candies are remained unchanged.
Ahmad Javed, another Kabul resident who is doing some shopping said, “I’ve come to buy for Eid days, but the prices of all things are so high. Rich people can afford to buy fresh and dried fruits easily, but most of the people are poor and cannot afford to buy such fruits. We are asking the government to control the prices in particular before and during the Eid days so that miserable and poor people could also buy fresh and dried fruits and celebrate the Eid days with full happiness”.
A number of shopkeepers in various markets of Kabul said that increasing and decreasing the prices of foodstuffs were not on their hands but on the hand of national traders. It is worth mentioning that the people of Afghanistan have kept their custom and traditions and follow their own traditions during the Eid days.
Karima Malikzada
 

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